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Cavite Reviews

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Kyle Smith
New York Post
May 26, 2006
A last act full of reversals would have filled in the holes in Cavite.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Brent Simon
Now Playing Magazine
September 17, 2006
Arbitrarily arranged and awfully acted... proof positive that well-meaning creative wishes and savvy, low-fi merging of production means and narrative concept doesn't automatically produce heady results.
Full Review | Original Score: D-
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
August 23, 2006
A harrowing but ultimately empty indie political thriller about Muslim terrorists.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
May 26, 2006
The hand-held camera work gives the film an effective documentary pulse, but it adds up to only half a movie.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
July 27, 2006
Its herky-jerky camcorder style, jump-cut editing and sustained takes soon wear out their welcome.
Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews
June 6, 2006
a fresh bid for indie-thriller cred....[but] watching Gamazon and Dela Llana charge through their limitations is a bit like watching a sprinter run in clogs.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
December 6, 2005
An overlong and slightly pretentious indie effort.
Ed Gonzalez
Slant Magazine
March 8, 2006
The film suggests Jennifer Connelly's snorri-cam puke scene from Requiem for a Dream stretched out to 80 minutes.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Scott Tobias
AV Club
May 25, 2006
It might have worked if co-director/star Gamazon had taken an acting class, or if the kidnapper didn't sound like a villainous GPS navigating device.
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David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
May 30, 2006
A microbudget exercise in sensory overload that leaves you sick on all sorts of levels.
David Noh
Film Journal International
March 1, 2007
Suffers from a ceaselessly roving camera and overuse of shaky handhelds, as well as even less successful editing tropes, and some very fake-looking blood.
Scott Weinberg
March 22, 2005
It's fast-paced and grittily entertaining, but never in that safe and generic way that most Hollywood thrillers shoot for.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
July 7, 2005
Guerilla filmmaking at its finest.
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
March 26, 2006
Story of a young Filipino-American who returns to the Philippines and becomes the pawn of Muslim terrorist with a malevolent plan for him to execute.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Robert Koehler
May 10, 2006
For a guerrilla-style, no-budget Yank indie to even tackle issues of jihad terror and naive Western thinking is noteworthy in itself, but Gamazon and Dela Llana inflame the issues with a gutsy, athletic filmmaking package.
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Dennis Lim
Village Voice
May 24, 2006
A paragon of guerrilla resourcefulness and a model citizen of the global village, Cavite is a more anxious and vivid experience than most movies with budgets literally a thousand times bigger.
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
May 25, 2006
Terrorism and cultural identity are only two of the themes wound into a tight knot of fear and bewilderment in Cavite, a gripping no-budget political thriller.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
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Jan Stuart
May 26, 2006
Enhanced by the you-are-there immediacy of a hand-held digital camera, Cavite works up a visceral potency that overleaps the credibility gaps in the omniscient-terrorist device.
| Original Score: 3/4
Chris Cabin
May 25, 2006
Alarming and unrelenting
| Original Score: 3.5/5
Rachel Morgan
Film Threat
April 2, 2005
Cavite is a thoughtful and skillfully developed story and a true Independent film. If you have a chance to see it, do.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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